There is no question that we are a throw away culture. Just stop by any neighborhood on trash day or on any college campus during moving in or out day. Many of us don’t see value in reusing everyday objects once their purpose has been served.
But thankfully, there are also some unique artists who use everyday materials in their art and create some amazing things as a result. The definition of FOLK ART is:
A more simple definition is: Turning what other deem as junk into works of beauty, whimsy and fun.
There is no end to the creative expression found in this art form. Every medium is used, from glass, metal, paper, wood, stone, shells, clay. Visit the Coral Castle, a Bottle Village, or the Magic Gardens of Philadelphia. These are just a sample of some amazing folk art installations throughout the US. Here are some more:
You might also want to check out these roadside attractions made from recycled materials…including a house made entirely from beer cans.
Have you ever tried your hand at Folk Art? Or seen some amazing examples? What are some of your favorites?